Pasadena's First United Methodist Church's Drama Committee will present the Tony Award winning musical, Bye Bye Birdie from Wednesday, July 24 nightly through Saturday, July 28 at 7:30. The First United Methodist Church is located at 500 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The musical, a hilarious satire with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, is set in 1958 as an Elvis-type rock star, Conrad Birdie, is being drafted. His agent cooks up a promotional campaign that has Conrad visiting Sweet Apple, Ohio to give a farewell kiss to the President of his local fan club.
The songs from Bye Bye Birdie, like 'Put On A Happy Face', 'Kids', and 'Telephone Hour', have become icons in our culture and, with over 40 years of theatrical productions under their belt, the FUMC Drama Department puts on a stellar show. The cast of 30, from Middle school students to Senior citizens, will be acting, singing, and dancing under the artistic direction of Cynthia Crass (Department Chair, Performing Arts at Polytechnic School in Pasadena). Thom Sharp (Emmy Award winning composer) is the music director and is supported by a live orchestra comprised of student and professional players. Choreography is by Megan Goldstein. Admission is free, but VIP Early seating is reserved for those choosing to Dine In The Cloister at 6pm before each show. The three course meal is $12 and dinner tickets are available Monday through Friday at the church office. For more information, call 626-796-0157.
An annual mission piece is included; this year local school children benefit as cast and audience are invited to bring backpacks and assorted school supplies---see the red barrel at theatre's entrance!